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School of History

Colm Murphy

Teaching Associate



I am a political historian, researching the ideas and practices of 'modernisation' and 'modernity' in the Labour Party and British left, from c. 1974-1997. 

I examine a diverse set of topics, including: changes in political 'practice'; sites and networks of power; and developments in left-wing thought and policy on the economy, the constitution, identities and the nation-state. All these areas saw competing claims of 'modernisation' in the British left. My project also raises methodological questions about how we can explain change over time, while also recognising alternative paths not taken.


Undergraduate Teaching

HST4308: Unravelling Britain: British History since 1801


Research Interests:

I have a strong interest in the history of modern British politics, and the left in Britain and elsewhere. More widely, I have an interest in Irish history, nationalism, and the intersection of political history with economic, intellectual and cultural history.


'Larkin and the Nationalists: rival imagined communities in the Dublin Lockout of 1913', History Workshop Journal 86 (2018).